Another Big Ten-Pac-12 confrontation on the bowl schedule will come in the Fiesta Bowl on December 30 between No. 9 Penn State (10-2) and No. 11 Washington (10-2).
While making the actual four team playoff would have been nice, this is still a solid way for both teams to end their season.
In 2014, the first season of the four-team CFP, Ohio State made it to the national championship game and beat OR 42-20 at AT&T Stadium, the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys that has hosted the Cotton Bowl since the 2009 season.
"You have to understand they're not kind of disappointed", Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Sunday of his players. Both of the Trojans losses came against Top 18 teams on the road while USC's two wins over No. 13 Stanford still look impressive.
USC finished the year 11-2 with their latest win over the Cardinal, and are all set for December 29th when they'll go toe-to-toe with fifth-ranked Ohio State.
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USC will be facing the Buckeyes for the 24th time, including seven Rose Bowl matchups. The game matched Big 12 and SEC teams before that.
UCF is the highest ranked non-Group of Five team in the CFP's four seasons.
The Trojans leaped over No. 9 Penn State, who was inactive during championship weekend, and No. 10 Miami, who lost to Clemson in the ACC title game. The Trojans lead the series, 13-9-1, winning each of the past seven games dating back to the 1975 Rose Bowl. As in the CFP rankings, Auburn stayed ahead of the Trojans at No. 7.
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